Little Free Pantry
Two young community participants donated food items for the Little Food Pantry located in front of the town library. Little Free Pantries are a resource to receive from and a place to give. Take what you need and give what you can. Nonperishable items such as canned foods- pasta sauce, tuna, fruit juices peanut butter, soups, canned fruit, are all great items for the food pantry.
Thank you Kendricona Williams (3rd grader) & Cameron Borden (Pre-K) for setting an example of community engagement!
Aurora Fossil Museum Hosts A Surprise Visit from The Coffeys
Click the link to see how a father and son (NBA -retired, NBA) surprised IMAGINE NC summer campers at Aurora Fossil Museum.
Aurora Community Watch Celebrates 10 Years of Service
Aurora Community Watch(ACW) along with the community gathered together on July 28 at the ACW Building to celebrate the ten anniversary of its conception. Joy Dunn of the Aurora /Richland Township Chamber of Commerce presented Rick Baker, president of ACW with a plaque of appreciation for their dedication to keeping our community safe.
The anniversary was celebrated with cake and ice cream. Cake crafted by local confectioner Denise Lewis Vilches of Kindred Spirits Creations. An upcoming feature of our two local confectioners will be forth coming!!
If you are interested in joining or want to attend a meeting, ACW meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM at the ACW building on Fourth Street. You may also contact Rick Bakeremail@example.com.
Town of Aurora Awarded Grant
taken from Facebook post
Official Town of Aurora Press Release:
FREE Health Screening August 18, 10 AM - 2 PM
Town of Aurora Receives Grant for Wastewater Treatment Plant
Aurora, NC – North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced the award of a $74,885 grant for the Town of Aurora’s wastewater treatment plant on July 13. The funds were awarded from the Division of Coastal Management of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Resilient Coastal Communities Program and will be used to help the town complete engineering and design work for wetland restoration at the wastewater treatment lagoon.
“This is the next phase of the Town’s Resilient Coastal Communities Program project. The RCCP is managed through the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency and provides a phased framework to assess coastal risks and vulnerabilities, engage community stakeholders, and develop projects to strategically improve the resiliency of communities and their natural and built infrastructure,” said Jamie Heath, a planner with the Mid-East Commission who was instrumental in helping the Town secure the grant. The Mid-East Commission provides technical assistance to local governments for planning, program management and development, and public-private partnerships.
The Town of Aurora previously received $30,000 for the project’s first and second phases – a community engagement and risk and vulnerability assessment, and planning project identification and prioritization, respectively – in spring of 2021.
“We formed a Community Action Team made up of public, private and non-profit members, who worked with Mid-East Commission and contractor RK&K on both phases in late 2021 through early 2022,” said Aurora Mayor Clif Williams, Jr. “We asked for public input through a survey, and in-person and virtual open houses, and the result was the development of the Town of Aurora/Richland Township Resilience Strategy, which includes a portfolio of seven priority resilience projects for the Town, pared down from an original list of 54.”
Following successful completion of the initial phases, the Town was eligible to apply for the third, engineering and design, phase, which involved selection of one nature-based or hybrid project to submit for Phase 3 funding. With the assistance of RK&K and the Mid-East Commission, the Town submitted its application in spring 2022.
The Town of Aurora's unique wastewater treatment plant uses the natural function of a wetland in its process to sanitize and purify wastewater.
“This project will restore wetland function by removing sludge from the existing holding ponds, relining them, and elevating the sides of the berms surrounding the wastewater treatment plant above the 500-year FEMA elevation, or above future estimated sea level rise, to protect the facility against storm surge and other flooding, increasing its resiliency,” said Mayor Williams. “This project will improve the overall function of the wastewater treatment plant, helping the facility to comply with discharge requirements, ensuring that clean water re-enters the river, improving water quality and benefiting the surrounding ecosystem into the future.”
The Town will be eligible to apply for Phase 4, Implementation, funding upon successful completion of this third phase.
“I would like to thank Governor Cooper, Mid-East Commission, RK&K, and all of the Aurora and Richland Township citizens who participated in this process, for continuing to support this town and our efforts for revitalization and restoration.”
At the Venue on Main Street, sponsored by the Aurora/Richland Chamber of Commerce
Community Health Fair
Saturday, September 17, 10 AM -2 PM
Sponsored by Vidant Family, Aurora Rescue Squad, Inc, St Peter Baptist Church Ministries, Dublin Grove Original FWB
Who knew???? No tackle, no problem!!
Did you know our local library is now a tackle loaner spot? What is a tackle loaner spot, you ask? Please visit https://www.ncwildlife.org/Fishing/Learn-Resources/Programs/TLP for more information!
Pretty convenient with the docks down at the end of Main Street!! Cue the soundtrack of The Andy Griffith Show.
Beaufort County Sheriff Department
Beaufort County Sheriff Department will have facility in Aurora. The former Aurora Police Department, located on Pearl Street, will be utilized by law enforcement. It is in the early stages of planning. A decal of BCS is displayed on the front door. Welcome to the neighborhood!
ALC Committee Schedule, August- December
Please view the upcoming schedule for ALC. All meetings are held at the Venue; however, if there is a conflict the meeting will be held at the Community Center. All meetings are open to the community. We would love to have you.
Aurora Night Out Coming Together! Great time for all!!
Free event for all! Richland Township Night Out on September 10 is a way to thank law enforcement and other first responders who serve our community. Mark you calendar and join us!
Second Round, You Asked For It, You Got It!
Hometown Heroes Deadline Approaching
Second round of Hometown Heroes is coming up. Honor your fries and family members with a display of the a hometown hero banner that will grace our streets so everyone can appreciate their service to our country.
The Partnership for Aurora-Richland Township Progress is launching round two of our Hometown Heroes banner campaign for service members, veterans and first responders. There has been significant community interest in expanding, and we will be hanging them throughout downtown Aurora in time for Veterans Day. Deadline for orders is August 31st. Cost remains the same at $130 each, which includes the hardware necessary to hang them.
Attached is the flyer and order form or the order form may be found at https://www.auroralife.us/heroes
Aurora Fish and Farm Festival
All info below lifted off Facebook postings-
Aurora Fish and Farm Festival is a two-day event to be held in Aurora North Carolina, October 22-23, 2022. This event is being held to celebrate the area's ties to agriculture and our waterfront. This event will feature activities for the entire family.
The Aurora Fish and Farm Festival Committee is currently recruiting vendors for our first annual Aurora Fish and Farm Festival to be held on October 22-23, 2022.
We are seeking the following vendors:
Food and Beverage
Arts/Crafts and or other relative Merchandise Vendors
Fishing or Farming Educational Information
Fishing or Farming Equipment for Display/Exhibit
Vendor Fees are as follows:
$30 fee for all Vendors selling Items
$35 fee for Political Entities
No fee for all Non-Profits/Educational Organizations
Contact Connie Bennett firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-260-1917 to apply and reserve your spot today!
The newest fun Festival that has been added to Aurora's list of annual activities is https://www.facebook.com/aurorafishandfarmfestival/
There are several industries that have sustained this area through many, many years- Farming and Fishing. It was decided to create a celebration of thanks and one to serve as a reminder to us. LIKE AND FOLLOW THIS PAGE, PLEASE. As details about the event are firmed, the page will be updated.
Sharon Holland and her Team are leading this effort to build a super fall time fun event for the Community. We live in such a rich area and certainly take most of it for granted. Let's celebrate!
Please visit, like and share their Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/aurorafishandfarmfestival/
Have you heard the news? Carryout by Chrislyn
We are at the Learning Center of the Aurora Fossil Museum
Weekly on Thu, Fri, Sat 11am-2 pm
Come see us!
August 1, Monday
7:00 PM Aurora Town Council Meeting
August 2, Tuesday
10 AM - Noon, Summer Reading Finale, Beach Party Fun, Town Library
10:30 AM Richland Senior Meeting
3:00 PM Movie Matinee at the Library
5:30 PM T Ball
6:30 PM ALC Tourism Development Committee
August 3, Wednesday
6:30 PM Aurora Lions Club Meeting
August 4, Thursday
August 9, Tuesday
3:00 PM Movie Matinee at the Library
5:30 PM T Ball
August 18, Thursday
10:00AM -3:00 PM Free Health Screening, 468 Main Street
August 23, Tuesday
6:30 PM ALC Resources/Grants Committee Meeting
Wednesday, August 31
Deadline for Hometown Heroes, Round 2
September 10, Saturday, 5 PM - 9 PM
Aurora Night Out
Sponsored by Aurora Community Watch
September 13, Tuesday
6:30 PM ALC Real Estate Development Committee
September 17, Saturday
10: AM -2:00 PM FREE Community Health Fair, Snowden
October 13, Thursday
6:00 PM ALC Community Annual Update/Awards, open to all committees and to the public
October 22-23, Saturday and Sunday
Aurora Fish and Farm Festival Community
October 25, Tuesday
6:30 PM Civic Organization Committee
November 8, Tuesday
3:30 PM Education Development Committee
November 20, Sunday
1:30 Faith-based Committee
November 29, Tuesday
Economic Development Committee
December 13, Tuesday
6:30 PM Government Relations Committee
If you know of other active Facebook links for our community, please respond with the link.
ABC's of Birding- Aurora
Aurora Body Shop
Aurora Community Watch
Aurora Fossil Museum
Aurora High School Classmates Memorial- Aurora, NC
Aurora Industrial Supplies, Inc.,
Aurora Lion's Club
Aurora Volunteer Fire Department
Aurora Volunteer Fire Department Weather Link
Aurora Woman's Club
Blue Crab Boutique
Bright Futures Beaufort County
Carryout by Chrislyn
Frank & Shirley's Restaurant
Hazel W. Guilford Library
Paws and Love
People for a Better Aurora/Richland Township
Potter Oil and Tire Company
River House and Home Company
Snowden Elementary School
Southside High School
St. Peter Baptist Church Ministries
Thompson Hardware Store
Town of Aurora, NC
The Venue at the Chamber
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